Full Definition of harass
- transitive verb
2: to worry and impede by repeated raids <harassed the enemy>
Here we’re presented with an interesting Catch-22. I walk into your establishment wearing a t-shirt that is offensive to you. You respond that I need to leave because my T-Shirt offends you. I reply that you are offending my by oppressing me for the views represented by my t-shirt. Both are correct in their statements, as the establishment would agree to sell me something if I change my t-shirt, or my views, but has no legal standing to do so. Both publish their story on tumblr, imgur, reddit and the rest of the internet justice boards, and recieve ample support. Neither is morally correct, only circumstancially. Circumstances being their own personal perspective.
By decrying a 1-time event (Ali made one joke, after all, this was not a repetitious event that Amanda required reprieve from) as harassment, you’re justifying oppression of free speech because it might be offensive to someone. You’ve literally created a precident where someone calling you a jerk is an arrestable or fineable offense.
As for how I’d feel if someone asked to grab my nuts if we were in public? First I’d look around to see who put them up to the gag, as I’m sure my friends were hiding with a camera somewhere, so I hope that puts in perspective that your views are not necessarily correct nor absolute just because speak them loudly.